In Memory

Robert Burciaga

Robert served our country as a U.S. Marine. He lost his young life in Vietnam on April 6, 1966. He was laid to rest at the National Cemetery, Fort Bliss, Texas, on April 15, 1966. Semper Fidelis!

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 

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02/04/13 01:21 PM #1    

Robert Andrew Fernandez

28 Jan 2003

Robert and I were on patrol,
stopped for just a little while,
and finishing a game of 'Hearts',
when Robert Burciaga gave his life for me.

He took all the force from the blast of a Vietcong home made mine.
He was a "MARINE" in the true sense of the word.
I had not served with him for long.
Just like all the rest of us who were in Vietnam,
there for awhile and then gone,
some home, others just gone.
Robert was a pleasure to be around
and has been in my thoughts ever since.

To anyone who might have known Robert, relative or friend,
I would like to hear from you,
since I was the last Marine to see him alive.

From a friend and fellow Marine,
Jerry L. Thompson

02/13/13 09:01 AM #2    

Robert Andrew Fernandez

Early in 1965 while serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade on Okinawa, I received word that a Marine wanted to see me in the Orderly Room. When I got there I discovered that it was Robert. If I remember correctly we then walked over to Ben Hall's (Irvin class of 62) barracks. Ben was also in the 173rd. Ben joined us and we proceeded to a club and drank more than one beer. We had a great visit with Robert. Even before Robert entered the service I knew that he was truly a courageous young man. He loved Irvin and all of his Rocket friends.

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